Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review - Underwater Dogs


Underwater Dogs

By: Seth Casteel
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 2012
ISBN: 978-0316227704
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: January 16, 2013

Who would have imagined that photos of dogs swimming underwater could be so much fun? Author/photographer Seth Casteel has proven that such photos aren't just fun, they're hysterical!

Back in 2010, Casteel was on a photo shoot with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Buster. It was meant to be a land shoot, with pictures of the dog romping in the grass. That was until the dog jumped into the pool. When Buster came up for air, Casteel immediately noticed that he appeared completely different. Wet, and well, just different. Casteel got to wondering what the dog looked like underwater, so he hurried home, grabbed a special camera for taking underwater shots, and then jumped into the pool with Buster. From that brief encounter, Underwater Dogs was born.

Over eighty photographs grace the pages of this book and they range from funny to amazing. The reader quickly discovers that water does unimaginably funny things to parts of a dog, particularly the face. Jowls flop about, exposing lots of teeth, eyes pop and bulge, and bodies contort into unusual shapes. Who would have imagined that a fluffy little Dachshund could look so snarly and wolf-like as he reaches for a ball? A Jack Russell swimming with a play ring in her mouth looks like she was born to live underwater. A tiny little Chihuahua looks downright scary with legs splayed, jowls floating off to the sides, and teeth exposesd as she reaches for a tennis ball. From graceful, to downright odd, this book has a great assortment of dog photos.

Quill says: If you love dogs and need a good laugh, check out Underwater Dogs!